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LED Shoe Clips 



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LED Shoe Clips 

Written By: Becky Stern 



TOOLS: 


PARTS: 


Lighter (1) 


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Scissors (1) 


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sewing needle and thread (1) 


• LED Sewina Kit (2) 



SUMMARY 

Twinkle toes! Make LED ruffles to customize your shoes in this CRAFT tutorial and video. 
This easy soft circuit project can get you started in wearable electronics and uses the LED 
Sewing Kit available in the Maker Shed. 



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LED Shoe Clips 



Step 1 — LED Shoe Clips 



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• Gather materials and tools: you'll need a pair of LED sewing kits you can get from the 
Maker Shed, as well as some standard sewing supplies and a pair of paper clips. 

• I was trying to match these to my yellow dress. 

Step 2 




Trace and cut 16 fabric circles, eight for each clip. 



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Step 3 




• Gently singe the edges to prevent 
fraying. 



Step 4 




• Pierce LEDs through the centers of two circles. 

• Fold the circles in half twice to form a wedge. 

• The wedges are then stacked up to form the ruffle. 

• I want the light to radiate from inside the ruffle, so I'm piercing the centers of two circles 
with the LEDs. 



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• Fold remaining circles into wedges 
and compile in a stack with the 
illuminated wedges evenly 
distributed in the ruffle stack. 



Step 6 




• Be sure both longer positive leads 
are facing the same side of the 
stack, and stitch the fabric in place 
with plain thread. 



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• Splay the leads out and coil them up with pliers to make them easier to sew. 

• I like to make the positive leads square coils and the negative leads round coils so I can 
tell them apart. 



Step 8 




• Start the soft battery holder with a 
piece of felt shaped to double over 
the coincell battery. 



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LED Shoe Clips 



Step 9 




• Using two pieces of conductive 
thread, sew a pad at the center of 
each felt circle with leads hidden in 
the felt sprouting from one outer 
side. 



Step 10 




• Sew the battery holder shut around the edge with regular thread. 

• Leave enough space to snugly insert/remove the battery. 



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• Stitch the ruffle assembly to the top 
of the battery holder with standard 
thread. 



Step 12 




• Stitch the remaining tails of 
conductive thread to connect with 
their respective polarity leads of 
the LEDs. 

• Stitch the positive thread to both 
positive LED leads, and stitch the 
negative thread to the negative 
leads. Don't let them touch! 



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• Insert the battery. If it doesn't light up immediately, try flipping the battery the other way. 

• If it still doesn't light up, whip out your multimeter and check for shorts! 

Step 14 




Stick a paperclip in the back of the battery holder and clip onto your shoe! 



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You're finished! Repeat for the other shoe. 



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